Former Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz (left) and former Miami coach Jimmy Johnson were part of the heated Miami-Notre Dame rivalry in the 1980s. The two teams will meet for the first time since 1990 when they square off in the Sun Bowl on Friday. [details]
Personal: Named to Super Southern 100 by Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 2006 as one of 14 running backs . . . rated 38th best overall national prospect by CSTV - and eighth among running backs . . . rated 52nd nationally on Rivals.com Top 100 list, as well as 10th among Florida players and second among all-purpose backs . . . listed as one of 12 running backs on National 100 list by Fort Worth Star-Telegram . . . preseason broken fibula ended his 2006 senior season before it ever began at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in Hialeah, Fla. . . . rated number-one senior prospect in Dade County on preseason basis for 2006 by Miami Herald . . . rated 12th on list of top Florida prospects at end of '06 season by South Florida Sun-Sentinel . . . rushed for 1,095 yards and 12 TDs as junior in 2005, despite missing three games to injury . . . led Miami Lakes Trojans to 6-3 record and runner-up finish in Florida District 13-6A, plus regional quarterfinal slot in state playoffs in '05 that produced loss to unbeaten Columbus . . . second-team Florida Class 6A all-state selection at running back as junior in 2005 by Florida Sports Writers Association . . . first-team all-Dade County pick as running back as junior in 2005 by Miami Herald . . . rated eighth-best overall prospect nationally - and second among running backs -- on 2006 preseason basis by The Sporting News . . . one of top 33 running backs nationally on 2006 preseason basis by CBS Sportsline.com College Football Preview . . . rated 42nd national prospect (and seventh among running backs, 13th in the Southeast) on preseason basis by The Sporting News SchoolSports . . . ran 4.38 in the 40 (best of the 550 competitors) at the '06 U.S. Army All-American Bowl combine where he was chosen the offensive MVP . . . selected for 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but did not participate because of his injury . . . ran for more than 1,000 yards as sophomore in 2004 . . . missed half his freshman season after suffering broken wrist in his first varsity game . . . won Florida Class 4A state prep title with 13.82 clocking in 110-meter hurdles in 2006 as junior . . . named top male athlete at Hialeah-Miami Lakes as freshman, sophomore and junior . . . played for coach Jerry Hughes at Hialeah-Miami Lakes . . . enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2007 . . . from same high school as former LSU quarterback Rohan Davey and current Duke quarterback Thad Lewis . . . full name is Armando Allen, Jr. . . . born April 30, 1989.
Notes: Also excelled in track as a Florida prep, winning the Class 4A state championship in the 110-meter hurdles (13.82 seconds). Broke his wrist as a freshman and did not play his senior season after breaking his left fibula in the preseason. Chose the Irish and then-head coach Charlie Weis over Florida, amongst others. As a true freshman in 2007, carried 86 times for 348 yards (4-yard average) and zero touchdowns with 24 receptions for 124 yards (5.2) and a touchdown in 12 games (four starts). Also returned 33 kickoffs for 704 yards (21.3). Started 8-of-13 games in '08, rushing 134-585-3 (4.4), receiving 50-355-2 (7.1) and returning kickoffs 21-543 (25.9), including a 96-yard score against Hawaii. Was bothered by a sore hamstring during '09 fall camp, then managed 142-697-3 (4.9) on the ground with 28-216-0 (7.7) receiving in eight games (seven starts). Was hampered by a sprained right ankle most of the season - did not play against Purdue, Washington State or Navy. Also sat out the final game against Stanford after breaking his right hand against Connecticut. Started seven of the first eight contests in '10 - ran 107-514-2 (4.8) with 17-138-0 (8.1) receiving despite breaking a finger against Michigan State and suffering a hip flexor injury against Western Michigan. Shut it down after the Navy game and had season-ending surgery to repair torn cartilage in both hip flexors. Was medically excluded from running or jumping at Combine.
Positives: Offers versatility as a kick returner and has good hands and run-after-catch ability as a receiver out of the backfield. Squirts through creases and flashes playmaking ability. Productive when healthy.
Negatives: Small and runs small. Not built to run inside and lacks bulk and strength as a blocker. Small-framed, and durability is a concern - has been hurt and missed time dating back to his prep career. Limited run strength - is too often tripped up by ankle tackles. Could stand to improve ball security.
Summary: A smallish, situational change-of-pace back, Allen has been unable to stay healthy, and durability issues could doom his chances.